Am I simply deducing more than there is to be deduced from this performance? No, it wasn't scintillating like against
Check out Cricinfo’s photos page for some magnificent action shots of Tendulkar’s innings. There is no doubting we will seldom, if ever, witness the same Tendulkar of 1997-1999 when he tore apart the best bowlers with consummate ease. It is stating the bleeding obvious that he can still set the ground on fire, only with a different approach.
Do not for one second think that I agree with his change to the steady, accumulation type approach. I honestly believe he represents more value to the team employing his original, ‘no holds barred fused with a lot of common sense’ strategy. Presently, the better bowlers hold little fear of what he might do to them, whereas earlier Tendulkar won this battle in the mind before facing a single ball. We all know cricket is played as much in the mind as it is on the pitch. Alas, it is increasingly obvious that he is unlikely to return to his old ways.
It is better for all us Tendulkar fans to accept the Master's wishes and marvel at his unmatched genius for the last few years of his glittering career. There will always be some things that only Tendulkar does best: the gun-barrel punch with the high left elbow; the flowing cover drive to a ball that was never really there for the shot; I could go on and on.
Welcome back Sachin. We have all missed you and the entertainment you provide us. Here’s to many more glorious innings that will be remembered for centuries to come.Update: Short 1 minute highlights package of Tendulkar's innings from youtube.com:
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